With the saga continuing – Sami Khedira’s future remains well and truly in the balance. Said to be favouring Arsenal, then a move was called off due to his high wage demands, then Chelsea were coming in for the German, now Arsenal have said to have agreed a fee…it’s quite a story.
As the German mulls over a decision as to where he wants to be playing his football next season, it leaves clubs in a state of limbo. Preparing for the worst, clubs must be ready to implement “Plan B”, should a play snub a move.
With Arsenal heavily involved in the transfer and targeted Khedira as their key man to help their midfield, it would be the Gunners who would lose out more if Khedira should decide to shun a move to North London. With Chelsea quite content on their jam-packed midfield, Arsenal will need to look at “Plan B”.
So who’s out there?
Here are two players who could fill the boots and do a job for Arsenal.
Morgan Schneiderlin – The Frenchman was gifted a World Cup debut for France in their 0-0 draw with Ecuador. The centre midfielder plies his trade in the Premier League with Southampton. The tall, strong and technical midfielder would give Arsenal a robust feel to the midfield. Allowing play to flow in the centre, Schneiderlin offers a presence in the box from set-pieces something Arsenal will want at their disposal to act as another threat. The 24-year-old is very gifted on the ball and is always happy to chip in with the goals from midfield. Able to run with it, play it simple and track down opposition, the Saints man could be exactly what Arsenal need to give their midfield a more bullish feel about its play when not in possession.
Lars Bender – A German midfielder who unfortunately missed out on the World Cup through injury has been widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders to come out of Germany. At 25-years-old, Bender is still young but has a wonderful array of qualities in his arsenal. Currently with Bayer Leverkusen, Bender is said to be a hit with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and would be an immediate target should the Khedira deal fall through. A player who would be cheaper than his international team mate, Bender possesses all the right qualities to be one of Germany’s top midfielders and where better to play than at Arsenal, a side who encourage positive football.
As the speculation goes on and on, Gunners fans may worry they won’t get their man. Alas, there are other players who can step up to the mark should Khedira fail to join.
By Oliver Baines | July 18th, 2014